Love it or hate it, English is the one subject that all HSC students have to complete.
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To help them through the two day exam, which commences on October 20, Blayney High School English teacher Renelle Mackie is helping the students through the task of completing up to two hours of handwritten essays.
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English is by no means every student's favourite subject, but for a core group of year 12 students at Blayney High School, getting a good mark in English in this year's HSC is all part of their plan.
Taylor Hobby is taking part in the advanced English paper and is enjoying the trial paper, even though it is during the holidays.
"We missed out on the mid-year exams and only have had the trials, so this is a good opportunity to practice our English some more," she said.
For Taylor it's the critical writing, analysis of texts etc, that she enjoys most of all, but for class mates Olivia Hewitt and Aden Prosper, it's the creative writing task that they prefer the most.
"You just go with the flow with creative writing," Olivia said. "I really like that."
But after two hours of constant writing, even the toughest find the going hard.
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"You do get a bit fatigued, your writing gets messy, lose concentration, and you make spelling mistakes," Aden said.
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